Posted 5/14/2015

 

AL

H 35

Hill

Provides a specific unearned premiums reserve bail surety insurers as an alternative to the general requirements for other surety insurers.  From Insurance.  Do Pass 18MAR15

AL

S 149

Blackwell

Under existing law, all surety insurers are required to post an unearned premium reserve in the same manner as property and general casualty insurers. This bill would provide a specific unearned premium reserve for bail bond surety insurers as an alternative.  Banking and Insurance 15MAR15

AL

S 349

Holley

Bail regulation overhaul bill. Revises certain provisions on those acting as a professional bail  agent, a soliciting bail agent, a bail enforcement agent, or a professional bondsman. This bill would require a bail enforcement agency to report to the sheriff of the county in which he or she is attempting to locate a fugitive, would revise the procedures and time frames for the forfeiture of bail, and would revise provisions governing professional surety companies.  Introduced 09APR15

AL

S 350

Holley

Agent licensure and CE revision bill. Prohibits a person from acting in the capacity as a professional bail  agent, soliciting bail agent, bail enforcement  agent, or professional bondsman, unless that person  is qualified and licensed by the DOI. Also requires professional bondsmen and recovery agents to attend a 12-hour DOI instructional course and pass DOI examination.  Also requires professional bondsmen and recovery agents to complete annually 8-CE  hours.  Introduced 09APR15

AL

S 384

Waggoner

Creates the Alabama Bail Bond  Regulatory Act to require professional bondsmen and  recovery agents to register with the Alabama Professional Bail Bonding Board created by same act.  Introduced 16APR15

AZ

H 2164

Borrelli

Factors/procedures to be considered by judicial officer in setting OR or bail, including danger to community.  Enacted 30MAR15

AZ

H 2601

Friese

Firearms bill. Adds provision re danger defendant poses to community in setting of bail. (Prohibits such from possession of firearm.)  Introduced 04FEB15

AZ

S 1269

Bradley

Firearms bill. Adds provision re danger defendant poses to community in setting of bail. (Prohibits such from possession of firearm.)  PSMT 02FEB15

CA

A 1082

Linder

Motion to extend time. To give the DA 12 vice 10 days written notice prior to hearing.  Public Safety Amended/subst. 26MAR15

CA

AB 1351

Eggman

Pretrial diversion bill.  New rules for entrance into such programs. Court can terminate accused’s participation and reinstate proceedings.  Public Safety Amended/subst. 26MAR15

CA

AB 1406

Gordon

Creates a $30 bond fee in favor of the Department of Insurance Bail Investigation and Prosecution Fund.  Introduced 27FEB15

CA

A 1515

Insurance

Insurance bill a provision of which sets out hours of training for bail recovery agents depending on date of license.  Insurance.  Amended/subst. 06APR15

CT

H 6734

Insurance & Real Estate

Increases minimum down payment (50% vice 35%) from principal or indemnitor for premium financing agreement with a surety agent, (2) allows filing of a civil action for appropriate relief and permits a surety agent to apply to the Superior Court to be released from a bond when the balance of the promissory note has not been paid in full by the due date or a payment due is more than sixty days in arrears. Other provisions re CE classes.  Insurance & Real Estate 05FEB15

CT

H 6766

Lopes

Requires the Insurance Commissioner to establish continuing education requirements for surety bail bond agents.  Insurance & Real Estate 09FEB15

CT

S 653

Looney

To allow in the case of nonviolent offenders who do not have the means to post bail an alternative pretrial release system.  Judiciary 23JAN15

CT

S 662

Coleman

To prohibit a judge, absent good cause, from setting a bail amount in excess of five thousand dollars in the case of a person charged only with a misdemeanor.  Judiciary 23JAN15

CT

S 1031

Judiciary

To ensure that bail is not abused and that accused’s ability to assist in the preparation of defense is not unnecessarily interfered with.  Misdemeanor bail shall not exceed $5,000, except for good cause.  Judiciary Amended/subst. 15APR15

CT

S 1033

Judiciary

Omnibus court bill a provision of which eliminates the statutory requirement for a bond for prosecution or recognizance.

CT

S 1105

Judiciary

Criminal justice revision bill.  Deals with forfeiture defenses. Exoneration if agent paid state for costs of extradition.  Judiciary 13MAR15

DE

S 18

Marshal

Pretrial detention. Constitutional amendment will begin the process of modernizing Delaware's bail provisions, and clarifying the power of the General Assembly and the Courts to define certain felony offenses for which, and circumstances under which, pre-trial release or bail may not be available.  Introduced 27JAN15

FL

HB 717

Raschein

Enforceability of orders of no contact as part of pretrial release; specifies acts prohibited by no contact order.  Amended/subst. 20MAR15

FL

HB 1257

Miller

Revises requirements to own, control, or otherwise have a pecuniary interest in an bond agency [e.g. must have 5 yrs as an agent]; the eligibility requirements for bail bond agent applicants; circumstances under which, while on bond, a breach of the bail bond conditions occurs; the circumstances under which a court must discharge a bond forfeiture, etc.  Judiciary Amended/subst. 10MAR15

FL

SB 342

Simmons

Enforceability of orders of no contact as part of pretrial release; specifies acts of prohibited by no contact order.  Judiciary Amended/subs 10MAR15

FL

SB 1150

Grimsley

Revising the requirements for a person to own, control, or otherwise have a pecuniary interest in a bail bond agency.  Introduced 03MAR15

GA

SB 195

Williams

Increases fees allowed for continuing education; bench warrants issued at the end of each court day; provides notices being sent via email.  Sent to Governor 09APR15

GA

HB 310

Powell, et al

Creates Board of Community Supervision.  Sent to Governor 06APR15

HI

H 6

Thielen

Expands conditions under which bail may be denied to repeat offenders, e.g. violence against a person.  Introduced 22JAN15

HI

S 1331

Espero

Requires pretrial risk assessments, pretrial bail reports, and arraignments to be completed within five working days after an arrest. Judicial officers cannot deny bail absent a pretrial risk assessment score that reflects a high risk of flight or new criminal offense. Judicial officers cannot rely on bail schedule or bail amount.  Introduced 29JAN15

ID

H 63

Judiciary Rules

Removes a provision relating to a bench warrant for a bailable offense; and to provide for the setting of bail when a defendant fails to appear before the court under certain conditions.  Judiciary, Rules & Administration

ID

H0158

 

Regarding setting bail, or not, on a bench warrant.  Enacted 30MAR15

KS

H 2056

Corrections

Licensure of bail enforcement agents by the attorney general.  Corrections and Juvenile Justice 12MAR15

KS

H 2141

Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice

Licensure of bail enforcement agents by the attorney general.  Corrections and Juvenile Justice 27JAN15

KS

S 90

Committee on Corrections and Juvenile Justice

Licensure of bail enforcement agents by the attorney general.  Corrections and Juvenile Justice. Amend/subst. 11FEB15

KS

S 140

Judiciary

Relating to the forfeiture of appearance bonds.  Bond can be forfeited only for nonappearance.  Forfeiture can be set aside for just cause. No judgment against obligor until 60 days after service.  Judiciary 03FEB15

KY

H 284

Yonts

Requires that certain findings utilized in pretrial release decisions be made by clear and convincing evidence.  Relates to a denial of release based on flight risk or danger to public.  Senate Hearing 17MAR15

LA

H 69

James

Provides for the collection of additional court costs in Baton Rouge City Court to fund technology enhancements.  From committee 22APR15

LA

H 251

Lopinto

Authorizes use of contradictory hearing prior to release on bail in certain domestic abuses cases.  Introduced 13APR15

LA

S 35

Smith

Certain sexual offenses.  Violations of conditions of bail, e.g. results in forfeiture.  Prefiled 20MAR15

LA

S 36

Amedee

Protective orders as bail restrictions. Data to be transmitted from the courts to Louisiana Protective Order Registry.  Prefiled 20MaR15

LA

S 59

Ward

Relates to the withdrawal of deposits by domestic insurers.  Passed Senate 22APR15

MA

H 1210

Cabral

Liberalizes setting of bail.  More OR, less surety.   Senate concurred 10MAR15

MA

H 1387

Hunt

Concerning bail fees. Senate concurred 10MAR15

MA

H 1486

Markey

Community corrections for pre-trial detainees. Senate concurred 10MAR15

MA

H 1584

Sannicandro

Reforms pretrial process.  Use of risk assessment. Sets up pretrial services. Officer setting bail shall not impose a financial condition that results in the pretrial detention of the person. Senate concurred 10MAR15

MA

H 1631

Toomey

(Like S 800)

Concerning bail fees. Senate concurred 10MAR15

MA

S 767

Creem

A probationer charged with violating the terms of his probation shall be admitted to bail pending a final surrender hearing. Senate concurred 10MAR15

MA

 

S 776

Creem

Default warrant. A warrant issued because a person has forfeited or made default upon bail bond or recognizance or has been surrendered by a probation officer may be designated as a default warrant.  Introduced 16JAN15

MA

S 800

DiDomenico

(Like H 1631)

Bail fee raised from $40 to $60.  Introduced 16JAN15

MA

S 802

Donnelly

Reforms pretrial procedures.  Sets up regulations/procedures, training, and duties of  pretrial services which shall collect and present necessary information to compile and present risk assessments scores & create or chose a risk assessment tool. Eliminates term bail in favor of secured or unsecured bond.  Introduced 16JAN15

MA

S 949

Timilty

Bail review procedures bill.  Introduced 16JAN15

MA

S 1275

Jehlen

Use of community corrections for pre-trial detainees and criminal defendants. Participation may be ordered by the court, in lieu of bail, or as a condition of release.  Introduced 16JAN15

MD

H 120

Vallario

(Chair of Judiciary)

Deals with FTA & rescheduling. Penalties for willful FTA after 30 days post court’s forfeiture declaration.  In issuing warrant, judge may also set bond. Under certain conditions, judge may strike warrant and reschedule.  To governor 08APR15

MD

H 361

Vallario

(Chair of Judiciary)

Proposes amendment to the MD Constitution that indigent defendant is entitled to government-funded legal representation (at the times and under the circumstances provided by statute and court rule), and that a specified constitutional provision may not be construed to require government-funded legal representation of indigent defendant at initial appearance.  From Judiciary to House Economic Matters. 11MAR15

MD

H 494

Anderson

Pretrial release.  Change by summons.  Passed House to Senate Judicial Proceedings 01APR15

MD

H 530

Anderson

Representation by PD to an indigent at a bail hearing shall be limited solely to the bail hearing and terminate automatically at the conclusion of the hearing.  Passed Houst to Senate Judicial Proceeding 12MAR15

ME

SP 385

Brakey

Bill is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208.It proposes to amend the standards for preconviction release by eliminating cash bail and requiring a judge or justice when making bail determinations to consider validated risk assessment tools. The purpose of this bill is to shift the emphasis from cash to suitability for release based on risk. Introduced 26MAR15

ME

HP 793

Picchiotti

Requires a minimum cash bail of $4,000 for a charge of assault & domestic violence assault; $2,000 for threatening; must participate in an EM program, & pay the full cost of participation. Introduced 31MAR15

MN

SF 878

Latz

Omnibus judiciary policy bill with provisions prohibiting a bondsman or bail enforcement agent from wearing uniform or driving a vehicle the color of law enforcement.  Passed Senate 24APR15

MO

H 1300

Gardner

Conditions of setting bail.  Introduced 12MAR15

MO

S 452

Schmitt

No FTA if the criminal matter solely involves certain traffic-related infractions.  Passed Senate and House 27MAR15

MS

H 555

Gipson

Aggravated domestic violence. When the court has imposed upon the defendant the conditions set out in this section, the court shall release the bail bond.  To governor 08APR15

MT

S 223

Vance

Revision of bail laws.  Surety company may not arrest defendant prior to forfeiture declaration if defendant owes surety a debt. Time certain changed from 90 to 180 days.  Tabled in House Judiciary 13MAR15

NC

H 446

Wray

Increases age [21 vice 18] of qualification for agent or runner, lengthens time limit [15 vice 3 days] for the return of security to include period in which an appeal from district court may be filed, requires the COI to return balance agent's security deposit above liability if agent ceases writing bonds, & provides agent’s access to certain automated information AOC systems. Introduced 02APR15

NC

H 641

Reives

Revises the statutes governing Bail agents by clarifying the statutes on return of premium (within 72 hours, if principal is surrendered early), arrest orders (for pre-forfeiture surrender), and appointment of surety bondsmen (previous carrier must release agent re fiscal obligations), by broadening pool of CE providers and by making various other changes to the bail agent laws.  Amended/subst. 27APR15

NC

S 508

Randelman

Limit of 36 months for liability of bond.  Forfeiture defenses. Suspension of ability to write for Failure to pay forfeiture judgment.  Passed Senate 29APR15

ND

H 1126

Judiciary

A person may not act as a bail agent unless that person is appointed.  However, a private person can post real or other property as security for a bond if he does not receive compensation.  No freelance bail recovery.  Passed House Amended/subst. 23APR15

ND

S 2270

Armstrong

Relating to commissions, premiums, and fees charged by bail bond agents. Enacted 01APR15

NV

A 69

Judiciary

Overall court paperwork reduction bill, part of which removes provisions requiring courts to provide to the Court Administrator copies of certain orders relating to bail forfeitures.  Passed Assembly 06APR15

NV

S 369

Judiciary

Overall court paperwork reduction bill, part of which removes provisions requiring courts to provide to the Court Administrator copies of certain orders relating to bail forfeitures.  Amended 08APR15

NH

H 573

Therberge

The commissioner of safety may issue an individual license to a person licensed as a private investigator, bail enforcement agent or security guard and authorize endorsements on the license and identification card showing multiple licensure.  40hr training session required.  Introduced 08JAN15

NH

H 648

Sullivan

Requires detention until arraignment for persons arrested for violation of a domestic violence or stalking protective order and increases the fee for bail commissioners ($40 to $60.)  Judiciary 0930 Hearing 31MAR15

NJ

A 4259

Eustace

Requires photographic identification cards for bail agents.  Judiciary 02MAR15

NJ

S 2379

Vitale

Requires establishment of processes to identify Medicaid eligible incarcerated individuals who are awaiting pre-trial release determinations.  Passed Senate to Assembly Appropriations 19MAR15

NJ

S 2381

Lesniak

Permits successful completion of special probation drug court program notwithstanding use of medication-assisted treatment.  Passed Senate to Assembly Judiciary 19MAR15

NM

H 483

Pacheco

OR for some offenses but not domestic abuse or drunk driving.  Introduced 01FEB15

NM

H 545

Maez

Limits pretrial custody to 48 hours on charges for certain offenses.  Introduced 03FEB15

NM

S 505

Torraco

All percent bonds or property bonds set by a court may be posted by a licensed bail bondsman pursuant   to the Bail Bondsmen Licensing Law, provided that the paid surety shall also execute a bail bond for the full amount of the bail set by the court.  Introduced 24JAN15

NM

S 538

Stewart

Limits pretrial detention for certain misdemeanors.  Judiciary 02MAR15

NM

S 545

Maez

Limits pretrial custody to 48 hours on charges for certain offenses.  House Safety and Civil Affairs 05FEB15

NM

S 557

Candelaria

OR for some offenses but not domestic abuse or drunk driving.  Judiciary 02MAR15

NM

S 671

Candelaria

Upon delivery of defendant, courts shall vacate forfeiture hearing and exonerate bond.  Judiciary 13MAR15

NY

A 69

Simanowitz

Authorizes detention when a defendant presents a clear and convincing likelihood of danger to society, the community or any person.  Introduced 07JAN14

NY

A 1700

Montesano

EBT card not to be used for bail.  Codes 12JAN15

NY

A 1754

Crouch

Lenient bail (and sentencing) determinations. Court may revoke or fix bail to be sufficient.  Codes 12JAN15

NY

A 1755

Zebowski

Requires court review of domestic violence bail applications.  Codes 12JAN15

NY

A 3284

Aubry

Requires a criminal court to release a defendant charged with certain offenses involving marijuana on OR in contemplation of dismissal.  Codes 22JAN15

NY

A 3798

Tenney

The power of courts to deny orders of recognizance or bail where the defendant poses a risk of danger to the community.  Codes 26JAN15

NY

A 3865

Wright

Does not permit a defendant to remain at liberty on bail pursuant to a subsequent felony charge.  Exception in some cases.  Codes 26JAN15

NY

A 4008

Tenny

Permits diversion program for alcohol and substance abuse offenders.  Codes 18JAN15

NY

A 4209

Titus

Courts to exonerate bail and order recognizance when no grand jury action has occurred for 45 days from arraignment, except for good cause.  Codes 29JAN15

NY

A 6255

Rosenthal

Prohibits removal from the judicial diversion program of defendants with opioid addictions.  Codes 25MAR15

NY

A 7028

Lenthol

Revises the procedures regulating the release of persons charged with criminal offenses pending trial. Considers not only (1) likelihood of appearance but (2) safety to public.  Codes 20APR15

NY

S 839

Robach

For crimes involving domestic violence, amends the criminal procedure in relation to certain factors when determining recognizance or bail.  Codes 06JAN15

NY

A 4516

Clark

Person arrested for domestic violence forfeit bail when violating an order of protection. Codes 03FEB15

NY

S 3183

Stavisky

Requires court review of domestic violence bail applications.  Codes 03FEB15

NY

S 3824

Venditto

Amends general business law, re licenses for private investigators, bail enforcement agents and watch, guard or patrol agencies.  Codes 18FEB15

NY

S1901

Bonacic

Allows authorized court to assign pretrial offenders to diversion program for alcohol and substance abuse.  Codes 15JAN15

NY

S 4239

Murphy

Prohibits removal from the judicial diversion program of defendants with opioid addictions.  Codes Amended/subst. 24MAR15

OK

H 1033

Kirby

Re multi-county license requirements and transfer of same.  Requires submission of audited financial statements setting forth assets minus liabilities to DOI. Deposit requirements.  Deleting certain filing requirements and fees.  Enacted 21APR15

OK

H 1874

Shelton

Eliminating certain bail licensing requirements.  Rules 03FEB15

OK

H 2042

Young

Drug court bill.  When an offender is admitted to the drug program, any bail or undertaking shall be exonerated.  Judiciary 17MAR15

OK

S 78

Anderson

Pretrial bail schedule; modifying applicability. Judicial district to set bail schedule in numerical dollar amount.  Judge can use pretrial services except when commercial bail is used. Judicary 03FEB15

OK

S 101

Allen

Changing eligibility for certain persons to be bail bondsmen; authorizing restaurant owners where alcohol is served and certain persons to be licensed bail bondsmen upon certain conditions; defining terms; prohibiting executing duties or having an office on certain premises.  Passed Seante to House Judiciary.  Enacted 01MAY15

OK

S 143

Paddack

Relates to the Bail Enforcement and Licensing Act; prohibiting certain persons from licenses & requires requiring certain notification to the Council of Law Enforcement Education and Training.  Public Safety 17MAR15

OK

S 282

Newberry

Exoneration of bonds.  At any time before there has been a breach, the surety or bondsman or a licensed bail enforcer may surrender the defendant.  The defendant may be surrendered without the return of premium, after which the bond shall be exonerated.  Public Safety 03FEB15

OK

S 373

Sparks

Re multi county license requirements and transfer of same. Requires submission of audited financial statements setting forth assets minus liabilities to DOI. Deposit requirements (e.g. $150K for multicounty).  Deleting certain filing requirement and fees.  Introduced 02FEB15

OK

S 584

Shorty

Assessment of certain fee on each bond for certain purpose:  setting fee; $15 fee per bond to be paid to court clerk where bond is written to be deposited in a newly Jail Bail Contribution Fund; providing for deposits and expenditures; directing the Department of Public Safety to administer certain fund for certain purposes.  Introduced 03FEB15

OK

S 586

Shorty

Forfeiture judgment must be filed within 15 days of declaration of same. Failure to comply exonerates bond. Time certain period is 90 days. Bail bondsmen appointed by the same insurer can assist each other in apprehending a defendant.  Enacted 27APR15

OK

S 587

Shorty

Relates to nonresidents apprehending persons and assisting other bondsmen; modifying certain exceptions; removing certain license requirements.  Passed Senate Amended/subst. 07APR15

OR

H 2900

Judiciary

Regulation of commercial bail industry.  Judiciary 02FEB15

PA

H 123

Delozier

Regulation of bail.  Cash bail can be used for restitution.  Judiciary 21JAN15

PA

H 367

Cutler

Re bonds and recognizances, amending provisions relating to professional bondsmen and providing for authorization to conduct business within each county, for forfeited undertaking and for private cause of action. Eliminates property writers. Suspends/non renewal of license for nonpayment of forfeitures. Adds forfeiture provisions.  From Judiciary Amended/subst. 14APR15

PA

S 213

Greenleaf

Regulating bail bond enforcement agents; requiring licensure and registration; and providing for penalties. Notification requirements.  Judiciary 20JAN15

PA

S 363

White

General bill amending judicial procedures, some of which treats of bail. In bonds and recognizances: further providing for definitions, for registration and licensure required, for suspension or revocation of license and for statements by fidelity or surety companies.  Judiciary 30JAN15

PA

S 397

Alloway

Re bonds and recognizances, amending provisions relating to professional bondsmen and providing for authorization to conduct business within each county, for forfeited undertaking and for private cause of action. Eliminates property writers.  Passed Senate to House Judiciary Amended/subst. 23FEB15

RI

H 5250

Morgan

EBT not to be used for bail (along with other restrictions.)  Postponed at sponsor’s request.  02MAR15

SC

H 3433

Erickson

Domestic Violence Reform Act.

Bail/release restrictions.  Amended/subst. 16APR15

SC

H 3765

Pitts

Makes mandatory minimum premium of five percent of the bond amount.  Referred to Committee on Judiciary.  Introduced 03MAR15

SC

H 3863

Tallon

Allows premium payment agreement (max 18 months) of minimum of $100 or 5%.  Plus other provisions.  Introduced 18MAR15

TN

H 41

Lamberth

Removes provisions allowing judges or magistrates to waive the current 12-hour period during which a defendant charged with a domestic violence offense or an elder abuse offense cannot be released on bailPassed House to Senate 26MAR15

TN

H 134

Lamberth

Conditions placed upon a person charged with grave vehicular offenses (e.g. vehicular homicide) release on bail.  Judiciary. To Finance, Ways & Means subc.

25MAR15

TN

H 306

McDaniel

Authorizes professional bondsmen to charge up to 15 percent rather than 10 percent premium if the defendant is not a TN resident.  Enacted 04MAY15

TN

H 623

Farmer

Deletes provision permitting a court to revoke a defendant's bond and order the defendant held without bail pending trial if the defendant violates a condition of release, is charged with an offense committed during the defendant's release, or engages in conduct which obstructs the progress of the trial.  Judiciary to Calendar & Rules 25MAR15

TN

H 661

Carter

Permits a magistrate to impose additional conditions of release or bail on a defendant arrested for child abuse; requires a 12-hour period before release.  Judiciary. Enacted 27APR15

TN

H 827

Lamberth

Specifies that detainer includes any means of requesting a defendant be returned to a jurisdiction, including habeas corpus and extradition; requires that a bond forfeiture be collected within five years of the earlier of the date the defendant failed to appear or the date of the last activity in the case.  Judiciary on Criminal Justice calendar for 01APR15

TN

H 853

Farmer

Permits a professional bondsman to take certain actions without legal counsel; directs that documents relating to the assignment of collateral be delivered to the presiding judge; creates a procedure for surety to deliver to the court an investment certificate to establish or increase the surety's capacity.  Judiciary.  On Criminal Justice calendar for 01APR15

TN

H 1148

White

Permits an applicant as a bonding company owner to be a corporation that is owned and controlled by an insurer authorized to write surety or a subsidiary corporation of the insurer.  Judiciary. Criminal Justice subc. Defers to 2016.  24MAR15

TN

H 1302

Hardaway

Requires forms for bail in domestic abuse and stalking cases to indicate that global positioning monitoring was considered as a condition of bail and whether the monitoring requirement was imposed.  Judiciary 12FEB15

TN

S 531

Gresham

Authorizes professional bondsmen to charge up to 15 percent rather than 10 percent premium if the defendant is not a TN resident.  Enacted 04May15

TN

S 610

Dickerson

Removes provisions allowing judges or magistrates to waive the current 12-hour period during which a defendant charged with a domestic violence offense or an elder abuse offense cannot be released on bailJudiciary calendar for 31MAR15

TN

S 642

Gardenhire

Deletes provision permitting a court to revoke a defendant's bond and order the defendant held without bail pending trial if the defendant violates a condition of release, is charged with an offense committed during the defendant's release, or engages in conduct which obstructs the progress of the trial.  Passed Senate to House 26MAR15

TN

S 677

Gardenhire

Permits a magistrate to impose additional conditions of release or bail on a defendant arrested for child abuse; requires a 12-hour period before release.  Enacted as H661 27APR15

TN

S 800

Gardenhire

Specifies that detainer includes any means of requesting a defendant be returned to a jurisdiction, including habeas corpus and extradition; requires that a bond forfeiture be collected within five years of the earlier of the date the defendant failed to appear or the date of the last activity in the case.  Judiciary 12FEB15

TN

S 1234

Bell

Permits a professional bondsman to take certain actions without legal counsel; directs that documents relating to the assignment of collateral be delivered to the presiding judge; creates a procedure for surety to deliver to the court an investment certificate to establish or increase the surety's capacity.  Judiciary 18FEB15

TN

S 1369

Kyle

Permits an applicant as a bonding company owner to be a corporation that is owned and controlled by an insurer authorized to write surety or a subsidiary corporation of the insurer.  Judiciary 12FEB15

TN

S 1374

Kyle

Requires forms for bail in domestic abuse and stalking cases to indicate that global positioning monitoring was considered as a condition of bail and whether the monitoring requirement was imposed.

Judiciary calendar for 31MAR15

TX

H 306

McDaniel

Authorizes professional bondsmen to charge up to 15 percent rather than 10 percent premium if the defendant is not a TN resident.  Judiciary 04FEB15

TX

H 307

White

Relating to a study on the feasibility and potential costs and benefits of implementing a pay-for-performance contract program for certain criminal justice programs and services.  Pending in committee 19MAR15

TX

H 498

Hernandez

Relating to the violation of certain court orders or conditions of bond in a family violence, sexual assault or abuse, stalking, or trafficking case.  Criminal Jurisprudence 18FEB15

TX

H 581

Harless

The manner in which a bail bond or personal bond is forfeited.  Allows for good cause for not appearing but grace period for 72 hours or less.  Pending in committee 19MAR15

TX

H 643

Harless

Relating to the procedures for discharging bail in certain criminal proceedings.  Passed House 17APR15

TX

H 833

Moody

Creation of a graffiti pretrial diversion program. Criminal Jurisiprudence 02MAR15

TX

H 885

Paddie

Relating to the meetings of certain county (population less than 110,000) bail bond boards.  County Affairs 02MAR15

TX

H 1115

Thompson

Allows issuance of citation instead of arrest (except for out- of-towners) for certain misdemeanors, [e.g, possession of pot.].  Criminal Procedure 02MAR15

TX

H 2499

Thompson

Re the electronic filing of bail bonds in certain counties.  Pending in committee 25MAR15

TX

H 2894

Lozano

Relates to the election of certain county bail bond board members.  County Affairs 16MAR15

TX

H 3239

Fletcher

Lets county judges authorize bail for parolees picked up on technical violations.  From Corrections 01MAY15

TX

S 1690

Ellis

Creates Percentage Deposit Bond option.  Criminal Justice 23MAR15

TX

S 1740

Hinojosa

Authority of certain judges to review and modify a bail set by a municipal court judge or justice of the peace.  Introduced 24MAR15

UT

H 311

Oda

Amends provisions relating to private investigator and bail recovery licensure. [Requires a surety bond of $10K].  Enacted 25MAR15

UT

H 445

Hutchings

Modifies Criminal Procedure regarding bail bonds.  Allows for both cash and surety.  Bond exonerated if FTA warrant not entered on statewide system or NCIC.  Notification of FTA to surety requirements.  Not passed file.  12MAR15

UT

S 141

Hillyard

Judiciary amendments bill.  A person charged criminal offense shall be admitted to bail as a matter of right, except if the person is charged with a:

(a) capital felony, (b) felony committed while on probation or parole, or while free on bail awaiting trial on a previous felony charge.  Enacted 23MAR15

VA

H 1337

Spruill

Exempts from recordation tax any deed of trust given by a property bail bondsman as security on a bond.  Introduced 14JAN15

VA

H 2129

Mason

Prohibits persons the subject of a protective order or required to register as a sex offender from obtaining a license or registration for the private security industry, bail bonding industry, etc.  Introduced 14JAN15

VA

H 2314

Wilt

Agent regulatory bill. Requires the Department of Criminal Justice Services to suspend the license of any agent or bail enforcement agent arrested for a felony during the pendency of his case. Requires a agent to report any felony arrest to the Department within 10 calendar days of the arrest. Reduces from 30 to 10 calendar days the time within which an agent or bail enforcement agent must report certain other information to the Department.  Enacted 26MAR15

VA

H 2366

Ingram

Requires nonresident transfer or applicant to be licensed as a bail bondsman, that such transfer or applicant furnish bond by a corporate surety payable to the Department of Criminal Justice Services in the amount of at least $50,000. In lieu of furnishing a bond, the bill allows collateral.  23JAN15

VA

H 2396

Spruill

Allows an agent or his licensed bail enforcement agent to request from the magistrate a capias for arrest of his principal, which capias may be executed by the agent, his agent, or a law-enforcement officer. Currently, a bondsman can request the issuance of a capias only from the court or clerk.  Enacted 26MAR15

VA

S 1253

Deeds

Extends the statute of limitations to one year after the victim reaches 18 years of age for misdemeanor violations of the following crimes, including carnal knowledge by employee of bail bond company,  Courts of Justice 14JAN15

VA

S 1281

Wexton

Criminal Justice Services Board can establish training standards for private security professionals, bail bondsmen, bail enforcement agents, etc. without utilizing the Administrative Process Act. (Under current law, the establishment of training standards for law enforcement, corrections officers, and certain others is exempted.)  Courts of Justice Amended/subst. Failed in Senate 09FEB15

VT

H 221

Burke

Criminal justice reform bill including amendment of conditions of pretrial release to permit monetary bail only in cases where a court finds the defendant is a flight risk.  Judiciary 17FEB15

VT

H 270

Haas

Codifies definitions used for pretrial screenings and assessments initially employed by 2014 Act and Resolves No. 195.  Passed House. To Senate Judiciary hearing.  27MAR15

VT

S 7

Sears

Categorizes conduct of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child as a violent offense for the purpose of determining bail.  Passed Senate to House Judiciary 11MAR15

WA

H 1022

Appleton

Prohibits general power of attorney provisions in bail bond agreements with clients.  From Public Safety Hearing 17MAR15

WA

H 1029

Appleton

Establishes warrant officers’ position for enforcement of outstanding warrants (and court orders) in 1st class cities.  Judicary Hearing 13Jan15

WA

H 1312

Goodman

Where a defendant is in custody beyond the jurisdiction of the court that ordered the bail forfeited, and the prosecuting agency elects not to seek extradition, the court must vacate the forfeiture and exonerate the bond.  Failed 20FEB15

WA

H 1716

Moscoso

No state and local enforcement of federal immigration detainers.  Arrestee not to be denied bail solely as an illegal.  Judiciary Amended/subs. To Rules 13MAR15

WA

H 1943

Shea

Home detention bill. No defendant may be released to home detention unless the defendant's release before trial is secured with a payment of bail. If bail is revoked by the court, or the bail bond agency, the court shall note the reason for the revocation in the court file.  To governor 24APR15

WA

S 5004

Angel

Establishes warrant officers’ position for enforcement of outstanding warrants (and court orders) in 1st class cities.  Passed Senate to House Judiciary.  Executive action 23MAR15

WA

S 5766

Roach

EM provider bill. No defendant law & justice may be released on EM unless the defendant's release before trial is secured with a payment of bail.  Law & Justice Amended/subst. To X file 23MAR15

WV

S 31

Hall

Upon securing a bail piece, the surety is relieved of acting collateral on the case(s) at hand.  Judiciary 16JAN15

Contributions to the 2015 Legislative Log are largely made by American Bail Coalition Surety & Fidelity Association.